Artist // Kristen E Carleton Sierra (ONE18 Empire - 820 Centre Street)
Article// Kristy Archibald & Jenna Cavanagh
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself!
A: Alberta artist. BFA ACAD/Painting Major 2009. Intrigued by meticulous/process based projects/installations/paintings. Youngest of 7 siblings – Artist Studio: Calgary, AB. I paint every day!
Q: Tell us about the work you usually do as an artist.
A: Abstract Expressionist - Acrylic paintings using watercolor techniques. Constant themes over past 2 decades include: Organic, Flowing, Automatic, Detailed, Abstract, Cyclic, Repetitious, Metamorphosis, Timeless, Accumulative, Micro-Macro, Personal/Inventive Iconography and Visual Diary.
Q: How would you describe your artistic “style”?
A: Ethereal/Process based.
Q: What is one of your most recent projects, or a project you’re most proud of working on?
A: Painted Piano for the Honens 2017 Music Festival (which now permanently resides at Tomoka Café Calgary on 17th Ave – go check it out!)
Q: What was the inspiration or story behind Sierra?
A: Completely new challenge to push my boundaries and expand my experience. Continue my professional art practice and sense of community. To beautify Calgary even more. Inspired by the beautiful skies and mountains in the winter season.
Q. How did the AR aspect of this exhibition influence how you created Sierra?
A: The animator [Michelle Ku] and I fueled each other’s inspiration with ideas and I made sure to include aesthetic/technical areas in the painting process so she could bring her ideas to reality.
Q: In your opinion, what makes Calgary a special place to be in the wintertime?
A: Skies and mountains (scenery), fresh air.
Q: What would you say to convince Calgarians to come downtown and interact with the Northern Reflections Window Exhibition?
A: Come check out this amazing, inclusive arts community project where artists and animators collaborate and compete in making the Downtown area colorful, 3D, and personally driven/themed. Download the App, AUGLE, to vote December 1st to 31st!
Photography: Kuni Kawashima